“Many people express dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs, be it at the European or national level. Europeans expect us to do better … We need to deliver on this, in a way that unites us,” they said in a joint statement after a meeting at the level of just 27 on Wednesday (29 June).
The EU-27 earlier the same day held their first preliminary discussion on how to approach reform.
Their meeting in Slovakia on 16 September will launch a discussion that some hope will re-energise the European project by next March, in time for the 60th anniversary of the Rome treaty that founded the European Community.
The largest countries said it will not only be a “more or less” Europe debate, but on how to create a “better” Europe.
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